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Reducing mankind’s carbon footprint has become the defining issue of our time and rightly so. Virtually every level of government has policies to reduce greenhouse gases by regulating everything from industrial CO2 emissions to cow flatulence.  

But as Kermit the Frog said, “It’s not easy being green.”  

It turns out that some good ideas don’t work well – or not at all.  Still, the government continues to mandate them. read more »

 

If you are looking for a family-wage job these days, there is no better place to look than the Dakotas … but for entirely different reasons.

While both states rely on agriculture, North Dakota’s Bakken oil field is driving that state’s economy, which boasts a 2.7 percent unemployment rate. It is the lowest among the 50 states – and there are thousands of jobs unfilled. read more »

 

While much of the news deals with America’s decline, there is hope we can stimulate our economy, create manufacturing jobs and pay down our national debt by increasing our manufacturing and energy production.

While goods were once proudly “Made in America,” many of our manufacturing plants are shuttered. When we go to stores, too often the labels say “Made in China.”

How do we turn this around? One company at a time. read more »

 

In early June I spoke at the Career Day that Mountain View Middle School in Bremerton holds each spring. Some of the other guests and I were, admittedly, a predictable lot — firefighters, accountants, a preacher, real estate agents, a newspaper editor. 

The students were engaged and respectful, but it occurred to me that every career isn’t a teenager’s dream. It takes a lot of unsexy roles to keep an economy humming, after all. That’s why they call it work.  read more »

 

All too often our network of highways, pipelines, railroads, barges, ship terminals and airports goes unnoticed unless there is an accident.

For example, we don’t notice the trains delivering the chlorine that purifies our drinking water. We pay little attention to the trucks transporting gasoline for our cars and propane tanks for backyard barbecues. The fact is without trucks, trains, pipelines, barges, ships and airplanes, we couldn’t survive.   read more »

 

On July 5 and 6, our first GAMCON (Gaming, Anime and Music Convention — www.gamconvention.com/) is coming to the Kitsap Conference Center at Harborside in Bremerton. This local incarnation is similar to those which enjoy huge success in other parts of the country. West Sound Technology Association (WSTA) is a premier Kickstarter backer of this event, thanks to a generous donation on its behalf by Professional Options, a longtime WSTA supporter and sponsor. read more »

 

Later this year, Alan Mulally will leave Ford Motor Co.  On July 1, he turns the reins over to 53-year old Mark Fields, closing a storied career at Ford and Boeing.  

While he hasn’t divulged his plans, hopefully he will bring his talents to government.  Mulally inspires people with his confidence, humility and charisma. His turnaround of Ford has been spectacular.  read more »

 

We’re all familiar with car loans and home mortgages. They make it possible for consumers to make major purchases without paying cash up front. Responsibly done, everyone benefits — the purchasers, car dealers, autoworkers, realtors, construction crews and suppliers.

Uncle Sam does the same thing on an international scale with the Export-Import Bank.   read more »

 

 … the answer lies at the core of our purpose, passion, commitment to our communities’ future.

“To Survive and Thrive!” This was the overarching collective response of the economic development leaders gathered at our alliance’s recent board retreat when asked: “What’s our intention as economic development leaders — what’s the deeper purpose (the Big ”Why”) that is worthy of our best efforts to work together to develop our local and regional economy?” read more »

 
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